New Music – Lauren Aquilina, Wild Ones, Karma Kid
New arrivals on the OTR radar from Bristol, Portland and Derbyshire
Bristol teenage popslinger gaining tons of media and industry traction at the moment after building up a fervent word-of-mouth rep. When you check out emotional belters like “Fools” or “Sinners”, the reason for the fuss becomes clear. One for the 2014 list.
Debut album “Keep It Safe” is doing all the heavy lifting for this Portland band who, by their own admission, nearly fell apart before the album ever appeared. Bolstered considerable by Danielle Sullivan’s ace voice, Wild Ones win you over with sleek synths, mellow beats and a beautifully melodic haze which coats their dynamic indie-pop.
Derbyshire teen Sam Knowles making post-Disclosure hooky pop with some really graceful, smart and subtle touches amongst the notes. Check out “It’s Always”, the glistening “In My Arms” (below) or his great remix of Ben Pearce’s “What I Might Do”